Wedding Trends 2021, Smaller Crowds, Major Impact!

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With 2021 in full swing and wedding season upon us, let’s reflect on upcoming wedding trends. As engaged couples begin creating their wedding checklist, Gloria Schulz Events wants to take off some of the stress by scouring the blogs, magazines and the top wedding websites for you. The creativity and resilience couples are showing in the face of a pandemic continues to shine brighter than the shadows of last year and it’s evident in the latest trends!

Smaller Crowd, Larger Love

Love was never cancelled last year and because of that we learned a lot of new wedding terms such as the “microwedding” or a “minimony.” These smaller gatherings are still envogue for 2021 as we continue to navigate the new way to  “I do.” We briefly touched on these smaller ceremonies last September in a previous blog post but we thought we would explore a few of the trends we are seeing that take place during these quaint celebrations! A smaller gathering can mean an incredibly intimate affair. With only your closest friends and family able to attend you can be fully in the moment and soaking in the memories. Smaller receptions mean wedding couples are now able to sit down and actually eat a meal with their guests instead of the frenzied reception line, grabbing small bites of cake, or a constant wave of other activities like in weddings past.  With fewer people also comes a greater opportunity for your friends and family to honor you with more toasts and well wishes in a comfortable environment. If you are an engaged couple who has had to cut your guest list because of Covid, focus on how much love will surround you on your big day. 

Smaller Crowd, Bigger Details

A smaller crowd also means couples can focus on bigger, grander details. You can give your guests an amazing experience with more elaborate floral arrangements, venue decor, and detailed place settings. With fewer mouths to feed and invitations to send, couples can work with their wedding planner on how to rearrange their budget to offer incredible extras. For example, florals are having quite a moment especially with so many weddings moving outdoors. Your wedding planner can work directly with your florist to create an exquisite focal point with altar arches, circles, or arbors. Couples are opting to use more florals to decorate the ceremony like potted plants or blooms to create the ambiance of their dreams. 

Speaking of ambiance, tents, taper candles, and twinkling fairy lights are big this season. Nothing is more romantic than celebrating under a curtain of stars, string lights, or candlelight. This trend is applicable for both inside or outside venues and as your wedding planner and coordinator, Gloria Schulz Events can work directly with your venue to set this up!  

Smaller Crowd, More Thoughtfulness

Last year also put social justice front and center and for some couples this means focusing on a charitable aspect of their celebration, using vendors that align with their values, or supporting local businesses. As couples concentrate more on socially distanced details that may also mean that buffet receptions and large full-service bars are on pause for right now. Couples are instead thoughtfully incorporating welcome bags with hand sanitizer, custom masks, and mini champagne bottles to let guests safely join in the celebration. Details such as grab-and-go cocktails, self-serve bars, individual picnic baskets, or mini cakes are other special ways couples are intentionally thinking of their guests. Other couples are zoning in on the place setting using mismatched heirloom china, handwritten place cards, and notes, personalized menus, or special linens. Still trending is the emphasis on virtual celebrating for those guests that can’t attend through live streams or professional videographers filming the entire event to email a link to extended friends and family.

Whatever trend you and your fiancée decide on, remember to follow your heart and the design that matches your union! For more ideas see our Portfolio here and follow Gloria Schulz Events on Pinterest here for more inspiration.

Gloria Schulz Events can help execute these trends and manage your big day so that you don’t have to!

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